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My latest book The Rose: Dogon star knowledge was recently published and can be purchased at right. In the book, I explore the star knowledge that was taught to the Dogon people by the alien Nummo.
I believe that what is known to us today as the Dogon religion was practised by many Indigenous Peoples around the world. My research indicates that the Dogon religion is extremely ancient and existed in Africa before people migrated to other areas of the Earth. When they left Africa they took this religion with them.
The Dogon religion is the pagan mystery religion that was thought to have been lost to humanity. It was stamped out of existence in most places of the world by the Roman Catholic Church and the Inquisition. The reason this religion survived with the Dogon people is because they were isolated from the rest of the world right up until the 1930s. It was at that time that the French anthropologist Marcel Griaule began recording the Dogon religion. The Dogon people were still living in their oral culture at the time their religion was recorded making this record extremely important from an historical perspective.
My study of the Dogon religion has been ongoing since 1999. My books and articles are based on Griaule's research and that of another anthropologist Germaine Dieterlen, who collaborated with Marcel Griaule. I've spent the last 18 years of my life researching and writing about the African Dogon religion because I believe it's as close to the world’s first religion that we are ever likely to get.
Because the Dogon religion was created in an oral culture its structure is foreign to our way of thinking. It is a religion that was meant to be taught through music, dance and story telling. It is so rich in symbolism that most historians including Griaule completely missed the symbolic pattern of the religion. Because it is a mystery religion, the meaning of the religion is hidden within the symbols.
It is by studying the symbols in comparison to other ancient religions like Greek mythology that we can uncover the truth about our past. These ancient symbols are universal and appear in every ancient religion I have studied. They form the basis for Christianity and Judaism.
The Cathars, who lived in the South of France, also practised this religion right up until the crusade from 1209-1229. This crusade was a 20-year military campaign initiated by Pope Innocent III to eliminate Catharism in Languedoc. It was considered one of the first genocide of a people. Those who survived the Catholic Crusade against their homeland practised this religion in secret and later during the Inquisition. Some were printers and they embedded the symbols of their religion in the form of watermarks into the literature they printed in their adopted countries like Scotland and England. Many of these symbols, which were written about by Harold Bayley, were the same symbols that were known to the Dogon people.
The Dogon elder Ogotemmęli, who attempted to teach the key stories and symbols to Griaule in 1946, took over 20 years to learn his own religion. This gives you some idea of its complexity. The Dogon people had a system of signs which ran into the thousands, including "their own systems of astronomy and calendrical measurements, methods of calculation and extensive anatomical and physiological knowledge, as well as a systematic pharmacopoeia."
I have devoted so much of my time to this religion because there is a spiritual component to it that needs to be addressed and understood. It is a spiritualism that is connected to the Earth itself and involves our genetic connection to our environment.
You can purchase my books at right. The first version of The Master of Speech was published in 2002. It has since been revised and upgraded, with the most recent being in 2013. The Nummo was first published in 2004 and was upgraded in 2013. This is the first version of Day of the Fish, which was publised in 2012 by Elemental Expressions Ltd. The Rose is my latest book, which came out in August. Refer to The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge for more information on The Rose.
Listen to an interview Shannon did with Henrik on The Nummo at Red Ice Radio.